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Avis FilmsFoundation Foods (1951)

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Producer: Avis Films
Audio/Visual: Sd, C
Keywords: Nutrition

Creative Commons license: Public Domain


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Reviewer: GE_Pretzel - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - May 2, 2006
Subject: The Clean Plate Club is now in session
Quirkiness abounds in this nutrition film from the same company that produced the goofy classic Soapy the Germ Fighter. Viewers are introduced to the exemplary members of the Brown family, all of whom astutely recognize the importance of consuming certain foods in order to develop healthy bodies. Through the use of an architectural analogy, the narrator suggests that just as stable, attractive buildings are the product of strong foundations and quality materials and components, people need a variety of "Foundation Foods" to live well and maintain their physique. The most unique aspect of the film is the way in which its producers have curiously organized the spectrum of foods into seven distinct groups; various fruits and vegetables are represented in the first three groups, but dried peas and beans are lumped together with meat, poultry, fish and eggs. Butter and fortified margarine are placed in their own group since the narrator states that they are "especially good for your eyes." One of the film's funniest moments occurs when it is revealed that the Browns are members of the renowned Clean Plate Club after finishing all of their supper. For many children in the 1950's, I would have to assume that membership into this organization was involuntary.

Reviewer: Spuzz - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - June 14, 2003
Subject: Repeat it with me!
From the same studios who created the crackppot classic 'Soapy The Germ Fighter' comes the almost equally bizarre 'Foundation Foods' which adds about 4 food groups to the food groups charts (butter and margarine get it's own group, after all, it's good for the eyes!). Plenty of very strange observations here: The until now unknown 'Clean Plate Club' where the (scary looking) father is the president and the fact that the 12-13 year old daughter is in bed by 7:30 are too good examples. But perhaps the most frightening of all is the WALLPAPER in the dining room which looks like the kind you would use in some kind of tribal sacrifice in Uganda. A must See on this site!

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AT HOME & SCHOOL, KIDS LEARN ABOUT THE 7 BASIC FOOD GROUPS. "SISTER & BROTHER LEARN ABOUT FOOD SOURCES, THE 7 BASIC FOODS & PROPER EATING HABITS."


Ken Smith sez: Another strange production from the people at Avis Films (see Posture Pals). This production features the same irritating woman narrator from Soapy The Germ Fighter and follows the Brown family through an average day of food consumption. The narrator tells us that sweets are "pleasure food," explains that butter and margarine "are especially good for your eyes,"(?) and shows us that the Brown children are charter members of the "Clean Plate Club." Nowhere near as memorable as Soapy or Posture Pals, but you'll always remember the headache-inducing wallpaper in the Brown's kitchen.

How to plan meals.
Stock shots:
Food charts; mother and daughter in kitchen; pouring concrete; construction; refrigerator; agricultural scenes; trucking; eating dinner; CU Clock, clock hands moving; track (running); drinking milk; bedtime;
Voiceovers:
"Sally and Jim are good members of the clean plate club."
"Mrs. Brown learns how to plan meals from reading and from television and the radio."
FAMILY LIFE FOODS EATING SCHOOLS HOMES HOUSES NUTRITION MEATS VEGETABLES DAIRY MILK CHEESES BREADS MEALS Food Nutrition Food groups Construction Children Women Teachers Health and hygiene Vitamins Eating
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